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Fox Valley Churches host Christmas Story Caravan

A live nativity scene at United Methodist Church of Geneva highlighted a drive-by Christmas Story Caravan that included Batavia, Geneva and St. Charles UMC churches Sunday, Dec. 6.

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Virtual SummerMission “Trip” teaches youth group to love thy neighbor

When their annual summer mission trip had to be cancelled due to COVID-19, Youth Pastor Jeremiah Lee and the youth group at Community UMC in Naperville were left searching for a way to still make an impact. Enter Kids Above All and their new virtual mission experience.

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DYK: Different

Searching for some information on our conference website recently, I was struck by how many times the word “different” popped up on the screen. It made me laugh out loud. We are in a season defined by the “different”.

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The Themes of Advent and Racial Justice

The traditional themes for Advent are foundational to how we live our faith in Jesus Christ. The themes of Advent are hope, peace, joy and love. Each week we focus on one in light of the upcoming celebration of Christ’s birth into the world. 

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Barrington UMC receives historical marker

The Illinois State Historical Society has recognized Barrington United Methodist Church (BUMC) as an Illinois Sesquicentennial House of Worship. Churches across the state that have served their congregations continuously for at least 150 years are eligible. The recognition leads to the church’s history being recorded at the Society as well as at the Illinois State Library for use by future researchers.

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Thanks for the memories and ministries

As of January 1, 2021, I will be retired after 43 ½ years of active ministry in The United Methodist Church. My ministry in Northern Illinois began on September 1, 2012 and due to the postponement of General and Jurisdictional Conferences, I extended my time in Northern Illinois until the end of 2020. I have already begun my post-retirement ministry as the Ecumenical Officer for the Council of Bishops/The United Methodist Church. Retired Bishop John Hopkins will be the interim bishop as of January 1, 2021. I know that you will welcome him into your midst!

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